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James Gilmore, is the new interim director for the Baton Rouge North Economic Development District. 

A consultant who just a few months ago advised the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging on how to address staffing needs has been hired as the organization's chief administrative officer.

The Council on Aging announced  Monday that it had hired James Gilmore for the position. He was previously an assistant chief administrative officer in Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's administration before resigning in August.

Gilmore's resignation came after a public uproar about a federal grant for the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program that Gilmore briefly oversaw.

The Council on Aging is on the verge of receiving an infusion of property tax money, thanks to a dedicated tax that voters approved last year for the agency. The Council on Aging's budget will skyrocket from $3.2 million to $7.8 million annually starting in 2018.

Gilmore made a lengthy presentation at a Council on Aging board meeting in October on how the organization might be restructured and the ways in which staffers throughout the Council on Aging were underpaid.

Gilmore said at the time that he was working as a pro bono consultant for the Council on Aging.

Council on Aging Executive Director Tasha Clark-Amar also said at the time that she wanted to hire a chief administrative officer as an executive-level position to help run the Council on Aging because her chief operations officer was overextended.

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Gilmore served in former Gov. Kathleen Blanco's administration as an adviser on housing and community development before becoming the director of Gov. John Bel Edwards' Children's Cabinet. After he resigned his job in Broome's administration, Gilmore continued working for his consulting firm, Bayard Research and Management Group. He also took over as the owner of Revive Wellness Spa on SouthFork Ave.

In his new capacity as chief administrative officer for the Council on Aging, Gilmore will oversee the agency's human resources, fund development, performance management, information systems and more.

"I have watched Dr. Gilmore serve the people of Baton Rouge and the State of Louisiana for several years, and I know he has a passion for public service and ensuring that those most in need have access to the resources they require to live a better quality of life," Clark-Amar said in a news release Monday.

Council on Aging board chairwoman Jennifer Moisant described Gilmore as a dedicated adviser, consultant and volunteer for the Council on Aging over the last five years.

Gilmore has also been one of the most vocal defenders of Clark-Amar and the Council on Aging amid much turmoil over the past year, as Clark-Amar is in litigation with a family that accused her of using her position for wrongdoing. The state inspector general is investigating both Clark-Amar and Council on Aging board member Dorothy Jackson.

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor announced in May that the Council on Aging may have broken both state and federal laws in its bid for a dedicated tax.

Follow Andrea Gallo on Twitter, @aegallo.​